New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - FROM B1 -

James (“Jim”) Avitabile of Bran­ford, CT passed away Tues­day, Novem­ber 27, 2018 at Yale New Haven Hospi­tal. He was the beloved hus­band of Barbara Migliore Avitabile, to whom he was mar­ried for 50 years this past July. Jim was born May 21, 1942 in New Haven, CT, son of the late Matthew and Lil­lian Manzo Avitabile. Be­sides his ador­ing wife, he is sur­vived by his de­voted chil­dren, Daniel and Lau­ren Avitabile and Deb­o­rah and Christo­pher Graham, all of Darien, CT and his grand­chil­dren, Kate, Char­lie and Dil­lon Avitabile and Noelle and Layla Graham. He is also sur­vived by his brother-in law Daniel Migliore and his wife Va­lerie of Las Ve­gas, NV, as well as many beloved cousins, neph­ews and nieces. Jim was pre­de­ceased by his brother and life­long friend Al­berico Avitabile and his wife Bev­erly of Orange, CT. Jim was raised in West Haven, CT, grad­u­at­ing from West Haven High School in 1960. Fol­low­ing school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army Re­serves. Jim and Barbara were mar­ried in 1968 and set­tled in Bran­ford, CT with their fam­ily in 1979. That same year Jim fol­lowed his pas­sion for cook­ing and opened the Coun­try Deli, an Ital­ian-style del­i­catessen and cater­ing busi­ness, in Madison, CT, which he proudly owned for over 30 years un­til his re­tire­ment. Jim loved shar­ing his home­made fam­ily recipes, but he greatly cher­ished the re­la­tion­ships he built with his col­leagues and cus­tomers, many of whom be­came his close friends. Jim truly un­der­stood what was im­por­tant in life - he treated ev­ery­one with kind­ness, added hu­mor to ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, had un­wa­ver­ing faith, and pri­or­i­tized spend­ing time with the ones he loved. Jim loved va­ca­tion­ing with his fam­ily in Cape Cod ev­ery sum­mer, his weekly golf or card games with his clos­est friends and cheer­ing on the Yan­kees and Gi­ants with his fam­ily. Above all else, Jim lived for his five grand­chil­dren, his “jewels” as he would re­fer to them. His ever-present smile could be seen in the bleachers of their sport­ing events, in the au­di­ences of their recitals or sim­ply sit­ting at the kitchen ta­ble as he col­ored with them. Jim’s pos­i­tive out­look on life will be missed, but cer­tainly never for­got­ten.

His fu­neral will leave the W. S. Clancy Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home, 244 North Main Street, Bran­ford on Tues­day morn­ing at 9:30 a.m. for a Mass of Chris­tian Burial in St. Mary Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will fol­low at St. Agnes Ceme­tery in Bran­ford. Vis­it­ing hours will be Mon­day from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made in Jim’s name to the Smilow Cancer Hospi­tal, 20 York St., New Haven, CT 06510. For di­rec­tions and on­line me­mo­rial please re­fer to www.ws­clancy.com.

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